THE LOOP — Chicago Public Schools has come up with more than 250 "contingency sites" where parents can safely place their children Friday during the Chicago Teachers Union's one-day strike.
CPS has created a search page where parents can find a site near home or work and register to place their kids there on Friday, proclaimed a "day of action" by teachers.
The more than 250 locations include 107 schools, 80 Park District facilities, 80 Public Library branches and some Safe Haven sites.
CPS Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool called the one-day strike "illegal," even as the district made contingency plans.
"Chicago’s students need to be in their classrooms with their teachers, and their leaders need to be at the bargaining table so that we can reach a final agreement and present a united front to end Springfield’s discriminatory education funding formula that shortchanges Chicago children," Claypool said Tuesday in a statement. "CPS remains at the bargaining table, and we believe a final agreement is possible, since we already reached a tentative agreement with the CTU leadership in January.
"While it’s unfortunate that CTU leadership is pushing an illegal strike, CPS is committed to providing all of our students with safe environments that will keep them fed and engaged," he added.
The Chicago Teachers Union called the one-day strike for Friday to draw attention to inadequate state funding and the crisis management of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his appointed Board of Education. The "day of action" has been joined by other labor and education organizations, and the union has set a tentative schedule of events Friday from morning protests at all Chicago Public Schools to a rally at 4 p.m. at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., and a following march through the Loop to, as the union terms it, "shut it down."
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